There are numerous types of wire rope terminations available and they include ferrule secured thimble and soft eyes, wire rope swage sockets, spelter sockets, snub nose sockets, wedge type sockets and stoppers.
The choice of the correct wire rope termination is second in importance only to the selection of the most suitable wire rope for a particular application. The attachment of terminations to ropes should be carried out with the necessary skill and equipment to ensure that the load can be effectively transferred from the rope to the termination.
Some terminations such as spelter sockets, snub nosed sockets, wedge type sockets and wire rope grips can be fitted “in the field” if required. When ropes are being replaced the terminations should be checked to ensure they are in good mechanical order before re-use. Nobles recommend that tensile proof load testing is carried out on wire rope terminations before they are put into service.